AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Fire Department’s Water Rescue Task Force was activated Friday evening to search for a missing swimmer in McKinney Falls State Park.
The body of the man, identified only as a 20-year-old man, has been found. Friends were swimming with the victim when he went under.
Austin police say the man drowned in the Upper Falls swimming hole at the park, where the water is 18 feet at its deepest.
At around 7 p.m., the task force went into recovery mode, due to the amount of time the victim is believed to have been in the water. Austin-Travis County EMS medics were called to the park at 6:26 p.m. and a STAR Flight helicopter was called to the scene.
In January 2016, KXAN reported the state park was adding new security features after several drownings at the popular swimming spot on Onion Creek.